Work1 Title: Hophornbeam Catkin Year: 2015 Material: Powdered green Mica, natural liquid adhesive, handmade paper & Stone clay, wood stick Dimensions: H 18 W 21 D 4 Work2 Title: Birch Female Catkin Year: 2015 Material: Powdered green Mica, natural liquid adhesive, handmade paper & Painted Mica on Stone clay Dimensions: H 18 W 18 D 9 Work3 Title: Zest I Year: 2007 Material: 1,020 rolled rice papers Dimensions: H 47 W 110 D 5 Work4 Title: Apetalous I Year: 2014 Material: Powdered golden pigments, natural liquid adhesive, handmade paper Dimensions: H 30 W 20 D 2 Work5 Title: Wild Thistles II Year: 2014 Material: Powdered golden pigments, natural liquid adhesive, handmade paper Dimensions: H 30 W 20 D 2
Interplay of time, space, lights and color. My explorations are floating, crossing boundaries, touching the center, space, the shape of a swirl as in the Scrollworks series. I explore color and light and how they relate to sound. My images draw inspiration from all my experiences: happiness, sadness, anger, pain, beauty and ugliness. These influences mature in my mind, to be expressed perhaps ten years later. I draw a line extending in all directions and find out something that spreads like a feeler. Or, I may be losing something in the making of a piece. It may be lose and found simultaneously or in alternation.
Sometimes the images come from the outside. Sounds create a picture in my mind. These can be bombing sounds from the news, or screaming mad sounds that stick into my heart. The images are coming from outside like this. Other times, images grow from ideas within me. When I am painting, I move the brush as I release all the sensitivity inside. I feel that the images come from somewhere in the sub-conscious. I always sharpen my nerves in daily life, especially when I painting. I concentrate in order to paint pure sensation, to make pure images. The compositions in my mind come ceaselessly without a rest.
I reference persistent feelings of hope, which are synergized with reality in the radiant drawings. The creative process behind this latest addition to my growing body of work is the realization of experience that provides the original and individualistic expression.
For my installations, I have created rice paper rolls in clusters which take on amorphous shapes on the wall and are supported by an idea of color. The works are evidence of my expansion of line, space and most importantly, color palette. The simple and organic shapes find a form in the air, as interplay of time and space with lights and color.
Katsura Okada was born in Tokyo, Japan and has lived and worked in New York since 2002. Okada earned a Master of Japanese Calligraphy Arts from the Tokyo Academy of Calligraphy Arts in 1992. Since 1990, Okada has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Recently Okada’s work has been exhibited at Hammond Museum in North Salam, NY, Adam State University in Alamosa, CO, Harper College in Palatine, IL, Marymount Manhattan College Hewitt Gallery of Art in NYC, the Museum of Arts & Crafts-Itami and Imai Art Museum in Japan, A.I.R. Gallery in NY, and Black and White Gallery in Brooklyn. Okada has received first prize/grants from the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Shoto Art Museum in Tokyo and the SoHo Art Competition in NYC among others. Publications included ARTspeak, Manhattan Arts, the Yomiuri America newspaper, LUXOS – (Milano), Collezioni Sport & Street – (Modena), IL NOTIZIARIO DELL’ A.I.A.M. (Italy), Les Editions Arts et Images du Monde (Paris), d’ART (Canada), and many others.
Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
Miyagi Prefecture High School of Miyagino: Fine Arts course, Miyagi, Japan
Malka Lubelski Culture Foundation, New York, NY
The Gallery at the Marmara-Manhattan, New York, NY
450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
Fish Tank Gallery, Hilario Nuno, Brooklyn, NY
Sesto Senso Gallery, Bologna, Italy
Galleria L’Arte di Anna Callegari, Molinella, Italy
Ginza Gallery Toki, Tokyo, Japan
Law office of Troncone & Associates, Washington, D.C.
Kesen-numa Plaza Hotel in Miyagi, Japan
Minsyuku Taki, Kanagawa, Japan
ATA Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Toho Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Nakano Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Akashi Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan and many others
Place: New York, NY